Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Belgium to Follow Orders on Kompany to Avoid Injury Woes

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Belgium to Follow Orders on Kompany to Avoid Injury Woes

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ROBERTO Martinez will get instructions from City on Vincent Kompany's medical situation ahead of the upcoming internationals.

The Blues centre-back has been called-up to the Belgium squad for the first time in more than a year for games with the Netherlands and Estonia.

Last year's call-up angered then-manager Manuel Pellegrini as the skipper played for his country despite having missed the last month for City and turning up with a medical report from the club indicating that he was not fit.

Kompany's injury problems continued to dog his season and he missed out on Belgium's Euro 2016 campaign as well as the start of the new season under Pep Guardiola after pulling up in the Champions League defeat to Real Madrid in May.

Appearances so far have been fleeting; a League Cup appearance against Swansea saw another setback and the player did not return for the second half against United in the next round, having played 70 minutes against Southampton a few days earlier. …

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